How to Dress Well for Your Body Type When You’re a Big Guy

Whether you’re big-boned, have a hormonal imbalance, or experience a little self-induced largeness because of overindulging in a lot of junk and unhealthy foods, you shouldn’t be exempted from looking and feeling like a star.

Even if you plan to start living a healthy lifestyle and knocking off some pounds, you still need to know how to dress for your current body type. Though it doesn’t mean that you have to lose weight to look good, losing weight should be a personal choice, and dressing well shouldn’t be determined by the numbers you see on the weighing scale. 

What’s important for you to know, as a big guy, is that ready to wear fashion brands are a big no-no, nor are the magazines and fashion models that show off their clothes. This article will teach you how to dress and feel good because looking good is all about confidence, topped off with a few fashion tips.  

  •  Take advantage of visual trickery. 

The key to looking slimmer and sharper is by using visual trickery. First, start by minimizing the surface area. This means you should always tuck in dress shirts into trousers and with a belt to break up the belly and the crotch even if your belly is hanging lower than it should. Wear V-neck sweaters or ones with a row of buttons to draw people’s attention from your midsection. If you have man boobs or puffy nipples, invest in male nipple covers, so that your nipples don’t show when wearing shirts. 

Ensure that you always darken out the large areas like the chest, belly, thighs, or butt. Wearing darker colors will ensure that you don’t emphasize these areas and wear lighter tones to enhance your slimmer areas. You know your assets, and if you understand your body, it will be easier to bring out the best in you with clothing.

  • Invest in solid neutrals and classic prints.

To avoid looking like a giant piece of fruit, avoid bright colors like red, green, purple, yellow, orange, and pink on tops and shirts. Wearing colored pants is okay, but neutral colors such as grey, black, chocolate, or navy will work better. These neutral dark colors will complement your body shape and are perfect for jackets, knits, and t-shirts.  

Shop for standard patterns like stripes and checks on button shirts because they have a distractive element and will spice up your work attire. You can also try to work checks into shirts with darker colors and subtle stripes on blazers in dull tones. Avoid busy graphics and patterns, and wear lighter textures with prints that won’t exaggerate your size.

  • Find a tailor.

Every man needs a tailor, and with dressing a larger man, it’s no exception. Because you’re slightly larger in proportions than average, most likely, you won’t find a suit that fits well off the rack. Avoid stores and boutiques, and find a good tailor. Tailors will make bespoke suits where you choose the size, color, and buttons and will fit you like a glove. It will cost more than the usual store suit, but it will be worth every penny.

Also, choose quality fabrics in dark colors that will last longer. The trouser should be skimming at the heel, and the jacket should cut the shoulder sharply and when fastened, should fit and sit flat without pulling, covering your belly well.

  • Quality fabrics

The type of fabric you choose is also important. Light yet sturdy fabrics work well with your body type. Wearing too thick fabrics will add even more bulk to your frame, and if the fabric is too thin, you’ll be exposing your lumps and bumps. For suits, knits, separates, and coats, go for cashmere, wool, and silk and avoid polyester. Heavy and cheap fabrics retain heat and tend to make you sweat more, making you uncomfortable.

Cotton fabric is perfect on shirts, chinos, and t-shirts, but they also need a small amount of polyester. Ensure you read the label of the seam of the garment to be sure. The synthetic fiber adds more sturdiness and durability and offers a better shape and less creasing. Go for smooth fabrics with a hint of polyester that hangs close to your body without looking chunky.

Denim is suitable for jeans and will mold to your shape for a comfortable fit. When it comes to other pant fabrics, it’s essential to look for natural fabrics that will keep you cool, and are made of strong fabric that creates a clean line from the waist to your feet.

  • Keep it simple.

Simplicity is the name of the game. Ensure that you purchase clothes that are clean and are shaped for your body. Find structural suits, blazers, and jackets that automatically add a look of squared shoulders and give you a shapely silhouette. When wearing such coats, as it drapes on your body, your body is naturally framed and contained within the garment.

Trousers give a better silhouette than athletic gear and track pants, which come off as sloppy; you should only wear them during workouts. Separates also provide a perfect front, but wear ones that have pleats. If you’re dressing for a casual occasion, chinos will work best as your off-duty ideal wear. Other simplicity tips that will do is to avoid chunky keys and wallets from pockets, and invest in a backpack briefcase or document holder for a more streamlined look.

Avoid shorts, and, if it’s necessary to wear shorts during summer, buy knee-length ones, avoiding cargo shorts with bulky pockets. Ensure you get low-rise chinos or pants – they come with a shorter distance between the waistband and the crotch, making you look slimmer. Avoid shorts that sit under your belly because they will make you look rounder and stumpy with a lengthened torso.


These simple fashion tips will help you look and feel good without drawing attention to your big built.